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Red Sun (1972)




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In what was billed as "The First East-Meets-West Western," Toshiro Mifune plays Kuroda, a samurai warrior who accompanies a Japanese diplomat to the United States. The diplomat has brought with him a golden, jewel-encrusted sword to present as a token of good will to the president, but as they travel by train through the west, they're ambushed by a pair of outlaws, Gauche (Alain Delon) and Link (Charles Bronson). Gauche and Link steal the sword, but Link leans the hard way about his partner's trustworthiness when Gauche double-crosses him and makes off with the booty. Since both Kuroda and Link have a grudge against Gauche, they warily join forces to track him down and return the sword to its rightful owner. Along the way, they have to deal with cultural conflict, Indian attacks, and encounters with beautiful women (played by Capucine and Ursula Andress). Given its cast and theme, Red Sun was predictably enough a major box-office success in Europe and Japan, but it passed through with little notice in the United States.

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Charles Bronson
as Link Stuart
Toshiro Mifune
as Kuroda Jubie
Alain Delon
as Gotch 'Gauche' Kink
as Pepita
Hiroshi Tanaka
as 2nd Samurai
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Critic Reviews for Red Sun

All Critics (5)

...a watchable (but consistently erratic) effort that generally feels like it should be much, much better.

January 13, 2022 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A weird but plausible Western from one of the fathers of modern action cinema, with a stacked international cast.

October 24, 2021 | Full Review…

The acting is about what we have come to expect from the international celebrities involved.

January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Red Sun is a perfectly enjoyable, character-driven adventure.

November 19, 2010

Audience Reviews for Red Sun


It's a fun western movie. The thing that made, Red Sun, don't be so good is the cliche of the tough guy, that is Charles Bronson. The story: original, screenplay: full of action, but commit some flaw. Terence Young's direction is weak, and Toshiro Mifune looks like the only thing that save Red Sun. Good film...

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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If theres one thing worse than dodging ruthless criminals, blood-thirsty Indians, and a crazy blonde hooker....its themselves! An unlikley pair must team-up in order to get the same thing....revenge and loot! A perfectly acted, bloody tale that'll leave you breathless. Just wonderful!

Corey Wood
Corey Wood

Super Reviewer


All-star, fitfully entertaining Western has an interesting premise - samurai vs. cowboys - but ultimately wastes the considerable talents of the great Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. Charles Bronson has another of those offbeat-character parts that he underplays into a leading role.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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